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What is Hatha yoga?

So what is Hatha Yoga fo real? That’s what they don’t tell you in the West, or take the time to explain to you because everyone is running around and doing Hatha as a physical exercise.

Understand hatha Yoga for a better practice and health results

Hatha is not just the physical expression of the body.

With the physical practice of yoga, you cannot benefit from its benefits because you are not taught it in the right way.

Maybe also that people are not ready to listen to it because it calls our spiritual and physical part, yet these last 2 are inseparable, whether we like it or not.

This spiritual part is also the energy in us and that which surrounds us and this energy which surrounds us is part of us.

Why do we say “today I have no energy”, it is because we feel our level of vitality and yet it is not palpable is it?

Hatha yoga purifies

In order to purify the mind, it is necessary for the body as a whole to undergo a complete purification process.

Hatha yoga, in its traditional practice, is the science of purification, not just one type of purification but 6 different impurities.

When you rid the body of these impurities, the nadis* function and the different pranas* are released. Then they travel as wave frequencies through the channels of the physical structure (nadis), traveling to the brain.

*- Nadis: channels through which, in traditional Indian medicine and spiritual theory, the energies such as prana of the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body are said to flow)

*Prana: considered as a life-giving force. Prana is seen as a universal energy which flows in currents in and around the body.

Yoga has proven to be very effective in the treatment of many diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, depression, back pain, schizophrenia, migraines, hormonal imbalances, low back pain…

Hatha yoga balances

What is Hatha yoga: balance activities and process of body, mind and energies

The main objective of hatha yoga is to create an interaction: it is to find the absolute balance between the activities and the processes of the physical body, the spirit and the energy.

When this balance is created, the impulses generated call for the awakening of the central force, sushumna nadi, responsible for the evolution of human consciousness.

And if hatha yoga is not used for this purpose, its true purpose is lost.

The meaning of Hatha Yoga

Hatha is done by “Ha” and “Tha”, a combination of 2 bija mantras.

“Ha represents prana (life force) and the sun, heating.

“Tha” represents the spirit, and also our lunar, cooling side.

It refers to the balance of the masculine aspects: active, warm, solar, and feminine: receptive, fresh, lunar, present in each of us.

So Hatha means the union of pranic and mental forces.

Aparte…

What happens internally every time you start thinking?

If you’ve never thought about it, start thinking now.

What is thought?

What happens in us when a thought arises and the thought diminishes, and when one is replaced by another, or when the thoughts intersect?

This is called the interaction between Ha and tha, prana and mental forces.

What is Hatha Yoga: harmonizing prana and mind

In hatha yoga there is the concept of harmonizing the two energies, as they normally remain in an unbalanced and unharmonized form.

The prana force can be predominant and the mental force can be subordinate and vice versa.

If the force of prana is too great then people develop psychic disorders orillnesses, when the spirit is too high people get angry, quarrel, create conflicts, even cause murders, crimes, all kinds of violent behavior. This is the effect of imbalance.

The concept of Hatha yoga is to bring harmony between these 2 forces called ida (nadis) and pingala.

Ida and pingala

The 3 main Nadis : ida, pingala, sushumna

In hatha yoga, union means the union of the two energetic forces of the body, that is to say the pranic and mental energy circulating in the ida and pingala nadis, as said before.

Usually these two forces do not act simultaneously because either the mental force predominates or the vital energy is dominant.

Hatha yoga is the process of balancing the flow of these two forces to bring about perfect physical and mental balance as well as the awakening of sushumna and kundalini.

All branches of yoga unite these two energies and channel them through the third nadi, sushumna.

The three main nadis

The three main nadis: ida, pingala and sushumna, end with the ajna chakra, the psychic center located in the region of the medulla oblongata and the pineal gland.

Through the practice of yoga, ida and pingala are balanced, sushumna is activated and ajna chakra is awakened.

Ida is connected to the left nostril and the right hemisphere of the brain.

Pingala is connected to the right nostril and the left hemisphere of the brain.

In the same way that the right hemisphere governs the left side of the body, at the pranic level ida also controls the functions of the left side of the body.

Pingala and the left hemisphere govern the right side of the body.

Just as the cerebral hemispheres and nostrils alternate their functioning in a ninety-minute cycle, so do ida and pingala.

Ida and the right hemisphere activate an introverted state of consciousness: orientation in space, artistic, creative and musical ability.

Conversely, pingala and the left hemisphere externalize consciousness.

Your approach becomes logical, sequential, mathematical and analytical.

Ida nadi controls subconscious activities, while pingala is responsible for conscious and dynamic functions.

When these forces are balanced and working simultaneously, both nostrils are active. This indicates that sushumna nadi is working.

Small test: position your index finger below your nostrils: do you feel the flow of air coming out of one nostril greater than the other or is the flow of air coming out of your nostrils equal for both?

Cycle Length

Usually this happens for one to four minutes between each ninety minute cycle.

The object of hatha yoga practice is to increase the duration and flow of sushumna and the period during which both nostrils flow simultaneously so that a balance is created in physical and mental functions.

When the mind and body do not work in harmony, there is a split between physical and mental rhythms, which inevitably leads eventually to disease.

You should always keep in mind that body, mind and soul are not 3, they are 1.

At some level of existence you see the body.

On another level, you perceive it as a spirit.

You should never regard the body as different from the mind.

To achieve this: the shatkarmas

In hatha yoga, we first take care of the body and purify it through 6 methods. The most important point is that the nadis must be purified.

Just as a machine produces waste, our body continually produces wastes. This waste is of 3 types: mucus, gas and acidity.

If we cleanse the body internally from time to time, the excesses of the 3 wastes products are eliminated and their formation is regulated and balanced. Then good health can be maintained.

It is in this sense that the shatkarmas are of very great importance. Cleansing the body of the 3 types of imbalance in the system is an important aspect of hatha yoga and therapy.

These 6 hatha yoga kriyas (neti, dhauti, basti, kapalbhati, nauli and trataka) are also necessary for spiritual aspirants.

What is Hatha Yoga: controlling the mind by controlling prana

Indian philosophies were very aware of the difficulty of controlling the fluctuations of the mind.

She first defined the mental structure and then defined methods to relieve the monkey spirit.

Today our Western theories of personal, spiritual and psychological development have largely copied what had been defined centuries before in India.

The mind, you can handle it for a while, but you can’t always be successful all the time.

By controlling the prana (breath), the mind is automatically controlled. Prana and mind influence each other. When the prna are agitated, it affects the mind and vice versa.

Some people want to control the mind without wanting to control prana. Maybe a few people will do it, but most people of peace can’t control the mind with the mind. The more they try, the more the split grows.

Sometimes you are inspired. You feel very good, very focused, but this is not everyday practice… Practicing asanas and pranayama is the solution.

By practicing them, the mind is conquered automatically.

Hatha yoga is a very important health science. It is true that the practices require more involvement and effort from the patient than conventional therapies, but in terms of results, they are positive and permanent. It is healthier to save the huge expense of drugs, and these practices are certainly more worthwhile than damaging the body with chemicals that could be avoided for many symptoms and illnesses.

Unification Method

What makes this method of treatment so powerful and effective is that it works on the principle of harmony and unification, rather than diversity.

The 3 important principles on which physical and mental therapy are based are:

1. bestow absolute health on a part or system of the body thus influencing the rest of the body

2. balance the pole of positive and negative energy. (ida and pingala, prana and apana)

3. purify the body of the 3 types of waste.

Physical and mental therapy is one of the most important achievements of hatha yoga, which has been successful in diseases like asthma, diabetes and blood pressure, epilepsy, hysteria, rheumatism and many more. other conditions of a chronic and constitutional nature.

What has been discovered recently is that asanas and pranayama are more powerful and effective in controlling the whole body.

These are the first steps that allow us not only to modify the mechanism of an element, but also to take control of the total structure of the brain and the mind, the control system that allows us to direct all aspects of our life and the energy in it.

What is Hatha Yoga: a therapeutic science

Hatha yoga improves physical and mental health

Over the past 40 years, Hatha yoga has been accepted as a therapeutic science all over the world and many scientific studies have been conducted in this field. Today we teach yoga to people because it is very necessary. The man fells ill and medical science alone cannot meet the challenge. Hatha yoga, however, helps everyone.

Behind every sick man there is a spiritual man, a diabetic a yogi, a man suffering from depression, there is a seeker.

Hatha yoga improves physical health, but not only is it not enough, it also improves mental health.

Conclusion

Many scientific studies have been conducted in this area.

Source: Samanvaya 2022: conference on integrative medicine for Humanity and wellness.

Today, yoga is one of the integrated sciences in hospitals in the United States and now in various countries (Canada, New Zealand for example, etc.), because it allows improvement in coordination with health professionals. conventional medicine and improve the conditions of patients.

Or conversely, where conventional medicine fails, yoga improves the patient’s condition.

Yoga is a therapy that it is time to integrate more widely into health systems. There is no proof to give but scientific studies to read. They don’t cheat.

Today we teach yoga to people because it is more than necessary to improve our conditions.

The man has fallen ill and medical science is no longer able to meet the challenge alone.

Hatha yoga, however, has and does help everyone.

Hatha yoga is a great science that everyone can practice according to their own abilities.

Maybe not all the techniques because they require the presence of a teacher, but at least some can be practiced every day.

Hatha yoga techniques, along with asanas and some pranayama, are sufficient for most people.

It is necessary to practice these preparatory steps first.

Then you can go further. If the preparation is perfect, it will not be necessary to learn meditation from anyone because then it will be natural.

By practicing yoga your mind will be lifted into a new realm of awareness.

References

Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Pranayama (Yogic Breathing): A Systematic Review

Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life

Effects of various Praṇayama on cardiovascular and autonomic variables. 

Sudarshan Kriya Yogic breathing in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression. Part II–clinical applications and guidelines

Effect of Sheetali pranayama on cardiac autonomic function among patients with primary hypertension – A randomized controlled trial

Immediate effect of Kapalbhathi pranayama on short term heart rate variability (HRV) in healthy volunteers

Yoga breathing, meditation, and longevity

Effect of pranayama breathing technique on asthma control, pulmonary function, and quality of life: A single-blind, randomized, controlled trial

Effects of Yoga Respiratory Practice ( Bhastrika pranayama) on Anxiety, Affect, and Brain Functional Connectivity and Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Hypothyroidism Treatment

Hypothyroidism treatment depends on personal case. It is caused due to low thyroid hormones in the bloodstream. This happens because the thyroid glands do not produce sufficient thyroid hormones. It is slowing the metabolism and can lead to various symptoms.

Thyroid gland: hypothyroidism

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Symptoms depend on of deficiency severity of thyroid hormones and vary according to a person. Hypothyroidism develop slowly over many years of time.

At the beginning key symptoms of low thyroid functions such as weight gain, fatigue … can be experienced.

After some time, gradually the metabolism starts to get low, and the other symptoms can be developed with time.

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Weakness in the muscles, muscle ache, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints
  • Constipation
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Thinning of hairs
  • Slow heart rate
  • Elevated levels of blood cholesterol
  • Enlarged thyroid glands (goiter)
  • Irregular or heavy menstrual periods
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory

Who are prone to develop hypothyroidism

  • Woman
  • During pregnancy or 6 month after delivery
  • After 60 years
  • Family history of thyroid disease
  • Suffering from an autoimmune disease such as celiac disease or type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Undergone thyroid surgery

Home Remedies, lifestyle changes

Home remedies for hypothyroidism

For sure, home remedies are good to maintien and can help the treatment of hypothyroidism but are not enough.

All the home remedies and lifestyle indicated below will help to improve and balance thyroid functions but other rasayana are necessary to treat hypothyroidism.

Diet and Hypothyroidism

Diet :

  • Low in fat
  • A good balance of fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and lean protein.
  • Reduce the amount of carbohydrate in your diet but completely avoiding carbohydrate is not recommended.
  • Reduce the amount of salt intake, ideally less than 2/3 grams per day. Rock salt is a better replacement to table salt, because it is rich in minerals.

Balanced and wholesome diet

Choose food fresh and not preserved, processed or canned.

Eat warm and freshly homemade meals with natural ingredients as much as you can.

Don’t use hydrogenated oils, vegetable oils, artificial colors and flavors or white flour. Instead use sesame oil for cooking, it helps to burn fat and nourishing deeply the tissues

Coconut oil is also good if you leave in a hot climate because coconut is coolant

Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

They reduce effects of hypothyroidism and boost up immunity.

No soy products and soybeans.

They aggravate hypothyroidism symptoms because they contain goitrogenic compounds that interfere with levels of thyroid hormone.

Use essential oils and fatty acids like fish oils which are good sources of omega 3.

They promote production of thyroid hormones, immunity enhancers and also anti-inflammatory.

Use natural fats

They help maintaining hormonal balance : flaxseeds, walnuts, avocado, fish.

Avoid caffeine, sugar and starchy foods.

Starchy foods reduce metabolism and increase adverse effects of hypothyroidism.

Increase protein in your meal.

Proteins reduce production of thyroid hormones by regulating the thyroid functions. For that nuts, green vegetables, legumes, eggs and meat are rich in protein and help in combating hypothyroidism symptoms.

Consume food with selenium: eggs, legumes, tuna, turkey. Because selenium in the body is reduced in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Selenium supplements shows it role to balance thyroxine (T4) levels.

Forget sugar and processed foods. As already mentioned in many of my articles, it increase inflammation in the body and slows down the conversion of T4 into T3. Then it is wise to have a sugar free diet.

Avoid gluten because many people with thyroid disease also have celiac disease. In celiac disease gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestines. Once wheat and other gluten rich foods are removed from the diet, people with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis start feeling better.

Gluten free grains and seeds – rice, flax seeds, chia seeds, buckwheat etc

Also, a low activity of thyroid can be due to low iodine in your diet. Have more of seafood, seaweeds, egg, shrimp, cheese and don’t use artificial iodine, always choose natural salt.

You can also include probiotics.

They can improve metabolism and the digestion. A bad digestion and low levels of good bacterias can reduce thyroid hormone production. Have more of buttermilk, yogurt, fermented vegetable pickles, kefir, saurekraut, miso.

An altered gastrointestinal motility is commonly seen with hypothyroidism and can cause diarrhea. Probiotics can bring helpful bacteria to balance the microbiote.

Use apple cider vinegar useful to reduce body weight, improve fat and carbohydrate metabolism and to balance alkaline-acid balance in the body. Apple cider also balance cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. You can take 1 teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar and honey mixed in warm water will help in improving thyroid activity and control symptoms of hypothyroidism when consumed.

Regular exercise

Through a 30-minute exercise few thyroid-related symptoms like fatigue, loss of appetite and osteoporosis can be fought.

A level of high estrogen can cause hypothyroidism in women. Birth control pills, dairy products and consumption of large amount of meat may imbalance estrogen levels and deplete thyroid hormone production. These foods shall be avoided to maintain balance of thyroid hormones in the body.

Low thyroid hormones can affect absorption of vitamin B especially B-12 and B1 levels.

Vitamin B12 is helpful to prevent the tiredness related to thyroid disease.

To increase these vitamins you can add regularly in your diet : peas, beans, sesame seeds, cheese, eggs, asparagus.

Zinc regulate TSH as per some studies. Hypothyroidism patients should consume zinc rich foods: beans, nuts, crab, lobster, whole grains, breakfast cereals, and dairy products, avocados, blackberries, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cantaloupes, apricots, peaches, kiwifruit, and blueberries. 

Diet is one of the most important thing but it will not cure hypothyroidism.

A combination of right nutrients and medication can help to restore thyroid function and minimize your symptoms.

Foods to avoid

There are foods that it is better to avoid in case of hypothyroidism

We call that food goitrogens because it can interfere with normal function of thyroid gland.

I will give you some common examples.

Avoid regularly:

  • vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach.
  • Fruits and starchy plants like sweet potatoes, manioc, strawberries, peaches …
  • Nuts and seeds:  millet, pine nuts, peanuts etc
  • Soy foods, tofu, tempeh etc
  • offee, green tea, alcohol

Foods that contain goitrogens have to be eaten with moderation and ideally cooked because they are rich in calories and with hypothyroidism you may easily gain weight.

Also, too much fiber can interfere with absorption of thyroid medicine.

25 grams and 38 grams respectively are the recommended doses of fiber for women and men respectively.  But don’t stop entirely their consumption, it is found in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grain breads and cereals.

Iron and calcium. Foods containing iron and calcium are safe to eat but using them with food not in supplement because these minerals interfere with absorption of thyroid hormone medicine. Talk with your doctor if it is the case.

Hypothyroidism, gain weight and depression

The lack of Vitamin B 12 and Vitamin D is found in cases of autoimmune hypothyroidism.

Missing Vitamin D is directly linked with depression. Because of lake of sun exposure and long winters. Levels has to be checked.

Obesity management

Metabolism is slow in hypothyroidism and lead to gain weight. Keep a track on you weight and keep balance.

You can use of Triphala Churna, and other gulgulu based medication that can be useful to address obesity and also help with depression indirectly.

Exercising every day is also indicated. No need to do long work out, 20 to 30 minutes of effcicient exercizes are enough.

Who suffer from hypothyroidism sleep less and so can increase stress, anxiety and depression. Herbs are very useful and can be prescribed like Ashwagandha, Sarpagandha, Brahmi, Tagara etc.

Plan your meal and eat with mindfulness, how fast you eat, where you eat…

Try to sleep for at least 7-8 hours every night. When you sleep less you are likely to gain fat, mainly around the belly

Practice Yoga and Meditation. Research works show that Yoga and meditation are helpful in maintaining healthy weight. Therefore, they need to be practiced regularly to be efficient and with expericend yoga teacher to show you how to practice efficiently.

This is only an approach above. There are many ways to handle hypothyroidism, depends on your life history, the symptoms you feel, the level of your thyroid hormones… That is why it is important to check with your doctor all these recommendations which cannot be perfect for your condition but for another one.

Important Yoga postures for Hypothyroidism

Below mentioned are some of the most beneficial yoga postures for those suffering from hypothyroidism

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

Sarvangasana pose

This inversion helps balance the entire body and mind, from circulatory, respiratory system to endocrine and nervous system. It stimulates thyroid glands, boost immune system and helps calm the mind and relieves emotional and mental stress.

Begin by lying flat on your back. Relax your body. You can place a blanket under the shoulders for cushioning. Slowly begin to raise the legs off the mat, followed by buttocks and spine. Bend the elbows and place the hands behind the rib cage to support your spine.

In the final position, the legs are vertical and together and the arms continue to provide stability.

Viparita Karani Asana (Inverted Pose)

viparita karani

This asana has similar benefits as Sarvangasana as it increases blood flow to the neck region and helps in regulating thyroid glands and balance functions of other endocrine glands. All inversions help release gravitational weight from all organs. This asana helps ease complications caused by hypoactive thyroid.

Begin by lying flat on your back. Raise your legs up till they are perpendicular to the floor. Now gently lift your hips and place your palms under your lower back (waist level). With the support of your palms, and elbows pressed to the floor- working as prop, keep lifting your torso till it is around 45 degrees to the floor.

In the final position, the legs are at 90 degrees to the floor and the body is maintained at a 45 degree angle. Alternatively, you can use a yoga block to support your lower back.

Janu Sirsasana (Seated Head to Knee Pose)  

This forward bend helps calm the nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety as it helps increase flexibility in hip joints and give a deep stretch to hamstring muscles. It is also helpful for those suffering from insomnia.

Sit with legs extended and feet together. Bend the left leg and place sole of the foot against right inner thigh. The closer the left heel to the perineum the better. Inhale and place hands on the right knee. Exhale and slowly begin to bend forward, sliding the hands down the right leg. If possible, grab your right foot or toes.

Stay in the forward bend for a few exhalations. Repeat with the right leg bent and left leg straight.

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Matsyasana

It is usually performed as a counter pose to inversions like Sarvangasana, Halasana or Viparita Karani asana as it provides a reverse stretch to the neck.This pose not only exposes the throat area and stimulates the thorax, but also stimulates the spine, cervical muscles and expands rib cage and lung capacity.

To begin, lie in supine with your hands resting next to the body. If you can, fold your legs in Padmasana, if not keep your legs straight on the floor. Bend your hands and with the help of your forearms on the floor, lift your back, chest, neck and head off the mat. Bring the top of your head / crown to rest on the mat, giving your neck a deep stretch. If holding padmasana, wrap your fingers around the big toe and try and rest your elbow on the mat, next to your body.

Stay in this posture for a few deep breaths. You can also attempt this pose from a seated Padmasana position and let the elbows support you as you gently drop your head back to rest the crown on the mat. You can use a headstand pillow as a prop for cushioning.

Do not do if any neck pain or back pain. Use can use props and put them on the floor to maintain your head straight and behind your back to maintain the posture, avoid any over strains and injuries in the body. Best is to practice with a yoga teacher.

Halasana (Plough Pose)

You may find it easier to hold a Halasana when compared to Sarvangasana. It helps improve function of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, thus improving overall function of endocrine system. It helps reduce menopause symptoms, stimulates reproductive organs and is therapeutic for insomnia, infertility, backache and headache.

From Sarvangasana, drop your legs back, behind the head. Allow the toes to touch the floor and slowly straighten your knees to increase the distance between the head and toes. This will help you achieve a chin lock or Jalandhara bandha which is highly beneficial for thyroid function. The hands can continue to support the back. If comfortable, you can extend the hands, place them on the floor and interlace your fingers.

In the final pose the body resembles the plough. Thus the name Halasana. Stay in the pose for few breaths and return to Sarvangasana before releasing the posture completely and rest in supine.

Marjariasana (Cat-Cow Stretch)

Bitilasana Marjaryasana

This vinyasa like flow for the back and neck helps release stress and improves body coordination. It is a combination of two asanas, Marjariasana (cat stretch) and Bitilasana (cow stretch) done with breath awareness to increase emotional balance. This pose helps stimulate abdominal region and organs like kidney and adrenal glands. It involves neck movement, which also works on the throat chakra.

Begin in table pose by placing your palms and knees on the floor. You can either place your insteps (flat) on the mat for stability through the practice or shift to balance on toes in cow stretch. First maintain a neutral spine and look straight. With the next inhalation, arch your back, allowing your belly button to sink closer to the floor and stretch your neck/head upward. As you exhale, drop your head and bring your chin closer to the chest as you simultaneously lift and round your spine outward and draw your navel towards your spine.

Repeat this fluid movement with breath awareness without using force to stretch the neck or forcing your chin to the chest.  Keep your head and shoulders relaxed and let the movement be as natural as possible.

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation (fast-paced)

It is a popular sequence of yoga asanas done with breath awareness. It is a complete sadhna or yoga practice in itself and includes asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation techniques. 1 set comprises of 12 asanas. 1 cycle of sun salutation comprises of 2 such sets done for the right and left side.

Repeating these cycles help you lead an active and healthy life as it regulates and balances the solar energy of the body which flows through pingala nadi. It is performed in a steady rhythmic way which also reflects the biorhythms of the body, 24 hours of the day, and the 12 zodiac signs and this rhythmic process helps transform your mind and body completely.

You will experience a boost in immune system, improved digestion, increase in your lung capacity, and a balanced metabolism, reproductive and circulatory system. Regular practice helps in naturally balancing endocrine system and restoring hormonal balance, giving you a glowing skin, healthy bones, and a great mood to kick-start your day with positive energy.

Pranayama and Hypothyroidism

Apart from yoga asana, the practice of dynamic breathing exercises like Kapalbhati, Ujjayi Pranayama, Bhastrika and Nadi Shodhana Pranayama will help restore balance and regulate thyroid glands.

Ayurveda Understanding

No disease explained in Ayurveda can be directly correlated with hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism should be understood on the basis of vitiation of doshas, tissues and channels involved in pathogenesis of the disease and also its predominant symptoms as understood from Ayurveda perspective.

Agnimandya

« What we eat affects our emotions and can create a predisposition for psychological and physical disorders. Just wrong emotion can upset our digestion, so wrong digestion can upset our emotions” Sarah R Gray

As Master Vagbhata has said: Almost all the diseases are caused due to mandagni means low digestive fire, especially the abdominal diseases.

Mandagni also denotes weaker metabolism.

Hypothyroidism is also related to low metabolism, in fact a cause of it. It is a resultant of Hypothyroidism. Treating weak digestive fire in hypothyroidism and kindling the same might catch the disease by its horns. This will also disable the continuation of pathogenesis and worsening the symptoms of the disease. Balanced digestive capacity also means proper digestion, conversion, distribution and utilization of food and nutrients. This also reflects proper conversion of food into energy, the channels of nutrition getting open and clear as an impact of digestive and tissue fires and eventual nourishment of the tissues.

Dosha predominance

Symptoms of HypothyroidismDosha predominance
FatigueVata, Kapha
Weight gainKapha
Increased cold sensitivityKapha, Vata
Dry skinVata
Puffiness of the faceKapha, Vata
Weakness in the muscles, muscle ache, tenderness, stiffnessVata, Kapha
Pain, stiffness or swelling in the jointsKapha, Vata
ConstipationVata, Kapha
Hoarseness of the voiceVata
Thinning of hairsVata
Slow heart rateKapha
Elevated blood cholesterol levelsKapha
Enlarged thyroid glands (goiter)Kapha, Vata
Irregular / heavy menstrual periodsVata, Kapha
DepressionKapha
Impaired memoryKapha, Vata
Doshas predominance in Hypothtyroidism

How ayurveda treatment hypothyroidism

The aggravated vata subtype which is enveloping the other vata subtype should be addressed first.

Vata and its subtypes causing obstruction is said to be associated with ama and have to be treated first.

The goal is to destroy ama including fasting, sudation, medicines, gruels and food light to digest with ama digesting herbs.

Following this, we have to strengthen the weak samana vata. This includes administration of medicines to kindle the digestive fire, emesis (procedure indicated for the expulsion of Kapha Dosha), light diet and use of Rasayanas formulations (herbs coumpounds ) to rejuvenate the tissus.

Ama dissolving medicines and foods should also be given.

Depending of Kapha doshas conditions, kapha alleviating herbs, diet, emesis and purgation therapies to expel excessive kapha can be administered.

Other strategies of treatment exists.

References

Mindfulness, Eating Behaviours, and Obesity: A Review and Reflection on Current Findings

The impact of yoga upon female patients suffering from hypothyroidism

Effect of 6 months intense Yoga practice on lipid profile, thyroxine medication and serum TSH level in women suffering from hypothyroidism

Integrated Yoga and Naturopathy module in management of Metabolic Syndrome

Sleep Duration and Five-Year Abdominal Fat Accumulation

Ghee and Health Benefits

Ghee is the one to add to your kitchen for its health benefits

The health benefits of ghee is not any more to prove. Among the four types of oily material, ghee is the best one in Ayurveda, because of its power to assimilate effectively the properties of the ingredients added to it without losing its own properties.

Ghee contains 4 important fats

Ghee is one of what we call the Maha Snehas: the four main fats.

Ayurveda describs four types of fats suitable for human consumption.

Ghee – made of cow, or goat, or buffalo … Cow ghee is considered as the best (Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutrasthana 16th chapter).

Oil – Sesame oil, Mustard oil, Coconut oil, etc.

Animal fat

Bone marrow of animals.

Cow ghee is sweet in taste and hence liked by many people. Like every week, I prepare my ghee for the week, look at this beautiful color!

I can tell you that my intestines appreciate it and since I consume it I have no more problems of digestion and transit…

The benefits of ghee :

1kg of unsalted butter and you make 4 pots of ghee

Beneficial for our intestines: participates in rebalancing the intestinal mucosa, particularly interesting property for small sensitive bellies with intestinal inflammation.

Because we extract fat soluble active principles to make use of therapeutic values of ghee.

Ghee is able to:

  • Enhance the shelf life of the preparation
  • To enhance the medicine absorption.
  • To make the preparation more palatable.

Regulatory action on our transit:

On those with a slow transit, it acts as a support with a slight action of “soft laxative”, anti-inflammatory action will come to calm an inflammatory state, and strengthen the tissues of the intestinal wall

Personally, ghee has helped me enormously with unavoidable revelation of active properties

The incorporation of ghee in our cooking increases the absorption of the active properties of these ingredients.

Ghee is thus considered an excellent carrier of the active properties of the herbs, spices and plants used.

A global digestive support

According to Ayurvedic teachings, ghee has a regulating action on our digestive fire (also called “Agni”) on the three “doshas”: it helps to calm Pitta (whose digestive fire tends to be in excess), while it soothes Vata (whose digestive fire tends to be the opposite), while being relatively neutral for Kapha.

Ghee also has a supportive effect on our digestive system, which indirectly increases our ability to assimilate micronutrients from our food (what our body will “retain” from the digestive process).

As it no longer contains casein or lactose, milk intolerant people digest it extremely well. Interesting content of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K

Vitamin A is important for our eyes: a regular consumption of ghee will contribute to the good functioning of our retina, will facilitate the adaptation of our eyes to the darkness, and will contribute to prevent ocular imbalances (glaucoma, cataract and other degenerations…).

Vitamins D and K are precious for our nervous system and our bones.

Vitamin E has a very powerful anti-oxidant action, and therefore helps to fight and slow down oxidative processes (physiologically normal, like our aging.

Contributes to support our immune system

its actions will be reinforced within the framework of adapted holistic habits (healthy diet, emotional management, etc…)

Beneficial for our brain clarity

According to Ayurvedic teachings, ghee is extremely interesting for people with “excess Vata” which often manifests itself (emotionally/psychologically) by a cerebral hyperstimulation: sleep disorders, mental dispersion/difficulty to concentrate and to carry out a project.

A daily consumption on the medium and long term, would thus help to stabilize our mental, and to anchor the people concerned.

Promotes the vitality of our body

The best ally for our cooking

All fats (oil, butter, margarine) have a “smoke point”: which designates the limit from which we can cook (heat) with a given fat… before its molecular structure is modified (under the action of heat), and becomes harmful.

Of all the quality oils and fats, ghee is the most stable fat.

Its chemical structure allows a very high smoke point (250°C), making ghee the most interesting fat for cooking our food.

It can also be used in pastries instead of butter (which should never be cooked).

 we keeps it for a long time.

Water content of a food makes it fragile to conservation, and can make it turn (initiate the oxidation process).

The absence of water in ghee (due to its manufacturing process) allows a long conservation, without fear of seeing it go rancid.

There is no need to keep it in the refrigerator (its properties would even be diminished!): it keeps wonderfully, for several months, at room temperature, in an airtight jar.

A little more, if we use it on our toast: it will be easier to spread on our slices of bread.

Its good little taste: ghee has a subtle nutty flavor, with a soft and smooth texture.

It goes equally well with salty and sweet foods.

The different uses of ghee

  • Karnapoorana: ear drops
  • Nasya :Nose drops
  • Massage (Shata Dhauta Ghrita for reducing internal bleeding and burning sensation,
  • Jatyadi Ghrita: to heal wounds faster
  • Hair care
  • Enema

How we make ghee?

Slowly melt butter and remove the white foam

Cow’s milk collected from a healthy cow treated with love and like a mother. Free of hormones, bad feeding and other awful conditions that we can see in industrial animal factory.

Cow’s milk is boiled to ensure that the milk is free from bacteria and is safe for consumption.

Once the milk has cooled down, a spoonful of curd is added to it and stirred gently. Store this mix in a warm place overnight. Once the curd is set, place it in a cool place before the churning process. The curd thus formed is churned using a wooden churner. During this process, the curd separates into butter and buttermilk. This butter which gets collected at the top of the vessel is collected and heated in a pan over medium flame. The butter has to boil till the entire water content evaporates and there is a visible layer of solids at the bottom of the pan. This ghee is filtered and stored in a dry, air-tight container.

Traditional Method 1

  • The milk is boiled first
  • Then cooled,
  • Set it to curdle
  • Then churned to extract butter
  • Butter is heated to get ghee.

Traditional Method 2

  • The milk is boiled first
  • The cream part is separated and collected.
  • Then churned to extract butter.
  • The day before ghee preparation, the butter is added with a tablespoon of curd for fermentation.
  • The next day, the fermented butter is heated to get ghee.

Western method of preparation of clarified butter (ghee)

  • Collect the cream from milk.
  • Heat it to prepare ghee.

Here the recipe

 Why to we add curd in ghee’s preparation

In the first method, the curd is prepared first with fermentation, then butter, then ghee.

In the second method, the fermentation to the milk cream is done just a day before.

Ghee prepared with fermentation process is less Kapha increasing. Hence, contributes less to cholesterol. It is also easier and light to digest.

Effect of Ghee on Doshas and body tissues

Ghee is sweet, soft, cold in potency, slightly coating, brings about oleation, effective in flatulence, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, abdominal colic and fullness and fever. It mitigates Vata and Pitta. Ghee improves digestive fire, memory, intelligence, voice, lustre, skin softness, immunity, strength, lifespan, eye strength. It acts as an aphrodisiac, relieves sins, poverty, toxicity and evil spirits. In conditions involving Vata vitiation, Ghee is to be drunk.

Due to its cold property, ghee mitigates Pitta, due to oiliness it mitigates Vata and due to processing with other medicinal herbs, it mitigates Kapha. Among all the medicines to mitigate aggravated Vata and Pitta, ghee is best. Upon consuming ghee routinely, ghee wins over Pitta due to sweet, cold and mildness, which are against the qualities of Pitta. Drinking ghee relieves the colic pain of Pitta origin. Ghee suits to those, aspiring intelligence and good memory power. Ghee is a great antitoxic substance.

it improves digestive power. In the disorders occurring due to suppression of hunger, ghee should be taken at the beginning and at the end of meals.

Oil is heavier to digest when compared to ghee.

When Pitta alone is involved in a disease process, then ghee should not be administered, especially so in Ama condition.

Bottling and storage

Bottling and storage are very important, care should be taken to increase the shelf life of the Ghee.

Bottles should be cleaned properly, dried and sterilized in order to prevent rancidity.

Usually, glass bottles are used. Nowadays plastic containers are also used for easy handling. Plastic containers should be selected in such a way that it should not react or change the quality of Ghee.

References

The effect of ghee (clarified butter) on serum lipid levels and microsomal lipid peroxidation

Comparison between the Effect of Cow Ghee and Butter on Memory and Lipid Profile of Wistar Rats

Ghee : Its Properties, Importance and Health Benefits

Health benefits of ghee (clarified butter) – A review from ayurvedic perspective

Chemical, physicochemical, microbiological and sensory characterization of cow and buffalo ghee

How to Meditate?

Meditation allow you to access to your inner

It took me a long time to understand what meditation was for and how to learn to meditate … and finally meditation is easy. I had decided that it was not for me because I liked to move all the time, my life was a headlong rush to channel my frustrations brought by daily life (work, stress, fatigue, bad breathing…).

It was a way for me to fill my inner emptiness since in our societies you always have to take care of yourself. Emptiness is scary… So I was not yet ready to respect myself, to love and cherish my body and my soul.

After a few years, time that made me understand, health misadventures, I evolved and realized that I needed a break for my well-being and respect for my body.

It was my body that spoke. So rather than continuing on the path of acting at all costs, forgetting myself and my joy, I started yoga and meditation.

I admit that these 2 practices allowed me to observe myself better: to become aware of my behavior in life. I realized that I had taken habits that made me unhappy, that went against my joy and my balance, I had indoctrinated myself…. and above all I had forgotten to breathe.

These breaks that I give myself today balance me, I control my emotions much better, my ideas are clear and I no longer experience the unexpected as a source of stress or anxiety. I welcome the situations that come my way.

The stress of work, fatigue, bad breathing, eating on the go…it’s over!

So meditation for what and how long  

I am my own observer. Meditation and yoga allow me to readjust myself to the hassle of life. I no longer experience them as stress, I welcome them because life is that, it’s a more or less pleasant flow of information that happens to you. Will stressing or being unhappy change anything in the situation that arises? No, then you have to welcome it, very often these worries are not that serious…and as they say tomorrow is another day. Then isn’t life short enough?…so let’s live there instead of making ourselves unhappy!!!

Ah this damn thought: but when? I don’t have time, my schedule is overloaded…

The exercises that I propose to you are designed to fit into any schedule…even a busy one. We are all running after time. That a meditation lasts 5, 10 or 15 minutes or more is as useful for our well-being as meditations of long duration.

At what time of the day?

Meditation gives access to self-control and transcendence of emotions

Morning meditation

The ideal is to practice early in the morning between 4:30 and 6:30 and before breakfast. The mind is not yet cluttered, one is relaxed, the air is clean and the world is still asleep. It’s a good time without phone and email. There is also a sense of calm. But according to our will, meditation can be done at any time of the day!

Midday meditation

It can allow you to take a break after morning professional obligations, to take a moment for yourself.

To share this moment of meditation with a colleague

If the evening is busy and even more so if you have children or invite friends

I will help you to start meditation and give you tools to start your practice.

Evening meditation

It’s the end of the day, professional obligations have disappeared, you are more relaxed and have more time to spend. You are more likely to do it correctly and adjust it to your needs.

The benefits of meditation:

As I was telling you for me, meditation has allowed me to tackle the difficulties of life with more

  • serenity 
  • less stress and
  • anxiety  
  • improve our communication with ourselves and others 
  • we see more clearly in our actions, our behavior
  • focused more   we are aware of what we are     we are more objective with regard to awkward situations…
  • and we end up realizing that we have to let joy flow into our lives
  • it’s giving yourself time for yourself, becoming aware of yourself, of your feelings, decluttering your mind and cultivating your inner being.

So you try?

Meditation generates benefits in the background, it can be practiced without particular difficulty and above all without taking up considerable time in your daily life.

Nor should you be told that with each meditation you do you will have the answers to your questions…no, she is like a sister, a friend who helps you to put things into perspective, to see the situation with hindsight and realize with the time finally that the answer is in you…

How to start meditation?

Have an inquisitive mindset, it’s discovery…new experiences. At first we can feel frustrated because we are so conditioned to live at a frantic pace that doing nothing is banished from our lives.

Meditation is not a competition…forget the race for results by telling yourself: “I absolutely have to meditate, that I stay focused, it irritates me I can’t stop thinking…I can’t control anything…. In short, see…these are moments that we experience as a beginner….but meditation is not a race for professional objectives, on the contrary it totally accepts imperfection, it even values ​​it!!! And between you and me… let’s forget our conditionings of modern society and accept each other.

How to prepare yourself to meditate?

Meditation is the time when you respect yourself by taking care of yourself

COMFORT IS the KEY  

Put your phone on silent or off to avoid its vibration…and in another room to avoid thinking about it.

You won’t be able to avoid all the noises obviously, if you hear something, just integrate that noise into a conscious approach, while being aware of that sound and without anxiety.

FEEL COMFORTABLE !!! FOR THE QUALITY OF YOUR MEDITATION

Create your little corner of meditation just for you. This will help keep this ritual enjoyable. It must be as comfortable as it is warm. This is your oasis…

Always have a meditation blanket or shawl and socks on your feet due to your immobility

POSTURES AND ACCESSORIES

The back :

Stand up straight without any tension or rigidity.

To keep your back straight, imagine that your head is held up by a wire attached to the ceiling. The head is as if connected to the sky. The buttocks and pelvis are well placed on a horizontal plane. This invisible line thus connects the earth and the sky through our body.

We often forget the fact that our body influences our mind. Slumped, our mind is not as clear as if we were standing up straight. If your body is comfortable, your mind will be too. They are both linked and work together.

If your mind is restless, your body will be uncomfortable.

And you lack of comfort, you won’t be able to calm your mind either. If you feel uncomfortable repositioning yourself, living a meditation alone or in a badly positioned group is a source of stress and brings no benefit!

If you feel tension in the back, you can use a wedge to place under the beginning of the buttocks or simply a cushion.

You don’t want to sit on the floor: use a meditation bench

Legs:

You can sit on the ground cross-legged or use a chair if your knees are painful (this will be just as beneficial for meditation. No muscle tension should settle permanently.

You can also meditate in a lying position by placing a cushion under your knees to limit the lumbar arch to the floor and under your head if necessary, but you risk to fall asleep.

If meditation posture is to difficult to maintien, prefer to sit on a chair.

The eyes

They are preferably half-closed and the gaze is directed downwards 1m50 in front of you, if you prefer closed them. The head remains straight in line with the body. Thus, the gaze is calm and peaceful

The mouth

Slightly open to avoid tension in the jaws

Hands

Relaxed shoulders, relaxed arms to rest your hands on your knees

You are solid as a mountain, regardless of the thoughts and emotions that pass through you. You are present there.

The difficulties or rather the opportunities that you may encounter…

Some people will seek complete silence because they tell themselves that concentrating is easier! But nowadays, finding silence is rather difficult and rare. We most often live in towns and even in the countryside, there is always a tractor passing by…the noise of a mower…Unless we find ourselves at an altitude of 3000m…but again nothing is guaranteed. So see the noise as an opportunity because it is a way to “zap” our ideas which tend to remain fixed.

Meditating in silence and alone is the best way to find ourselves, to get used to ourselves without being disturbed by the distractions of life.

Exercice: acclimate yourself to silence

Even 5 min of meditation is a good starts for your mental and physical health balance

Today, rare are the times when you find yourself alone and in silence…or even never. So, it’s time to give it a try. For the first few times, allow yourself 5 minutes of silence without outside disturbance.

1- Find a time when no one is home

IT’S YOUR TIME

2- Put your laptop on silent or in airplane mode (silent mode is reduced to vibrate mode and suddenly even if it vibrates you will lose silence and tranquility.

Turn off the music.

3- Motionless, take a walk around yourself observing your interior, be aware of your attitude and gestures, then walk quietly towards a place in the room that attracts you…your library, your kitchen, and look at the objects arranged. Look, touch, move them while remaining aware of what you are doing.

4- Now how do you feel about this silence: are you uncomfortable? Don’t dwell on the thoughts that cross your mind, let them pass. There it is simply a matter of feeling and not analyzing

5- Your feelings can evolve between the beginning and the end of this moment for you. You may even appreciate this moment of pause, this moment of mindfulness.

The questions you ask yourself when you meditate

My thoughts spring up, my brain is a real factory of thoughts…

It’s inevitable, perfectly normal and human. We think back to work, to a friend, to a situation, to a deadline to meet… in short, worries.

Thoughts come and go for no reason. You think without having decided, about something that has nothing to do with the present situation: you imagine yourself making a phone call, or something else… How difficult it is to stay in touch with what is is here. You left your body. It doesn’t matter: you are gone and come back to your posture and breathing in the present moment. It doesn’t matter if you come back 1 time, 10 times, 1 thousand times per session… Just come back.

And be kind to yourself, meditation is not a struggle or gymnastics against our thoughts. When you realize that you are no longer in connection with your body, in the here and now, bring your attention back gently, without judgment using your breath. Often, we try to abstract our thoughts at all costs. We struggle on our cushion with violence, even anger in front of our mind which does as it pleases. Abandon this approach. True peace is being open to whatever arises. “No matter how many thoughts arise, let them come.” This attitude is key.

It depends on the person, some concentrate their mind more easily and naturally than others, who conversely rehash. It doesn’t matter ! Adapt, and accept that. By being kind, patient with yourself and with practice, it will become natural to stop paying attention to it. Integrate the meditations when your mind is confused and restless, it’s time to reconnect and calm our mental dispersion through mindfulness.

Find your body:

There are thoughts and also noises, getting used to the various sources of stimuli (heartbeat or car noise…). We must integrate these noises into our meditation and not let them discourage us. They are part of life…and meditation. When you hear a sound during meditation, focus your intention on the experience of hearing. Try not to have any inner dialogue on the subject. The reality is a simple, no-frills experience. When you hear a sound, pay attention to the process of hearing.

Our mind is playful, it tests our patience by letting thoughts arise. Our mind responds because it is not used to this practice. It’s like starting a new sport… at first we don’t necessarily take pleasure… we change our habits… Meditation is not intellectual, it confuses us because we are used to analyzing each situation and its simplicity of practice disturbs us. It is enough just to be there… without history.

This involves finding full and complete attention to our sensory perceptions. Just be mindful of what you are feeling without expecting what you should be feeling. The important thing is not to feel what we would like or to reject what we don’t like, but to enter into a relationship with what is when it happens. You may feel ants in your legs, itching, readjust yourself, this is the best time to respond to your body’s messages.

In short, we adapt to the moment as it is.

Here a guided meditation …Take breath and enjoy.

Don’t forget: give yourself the time to appreciate these meditations “it is by forging that one becomes a blacksmith”

References

Meditation: Process and effects

Brief, daily meditation enhances attention, memory, mood, and emotional regulation in non-experienced meditators

The relative impact of 15-minutes of meditation compared to a day of vacation in daily life: An exploratory analysis

Effects of Different Stages of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Emotion Regulation

Benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices during times of crisis such as COVID-19

Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause: Lifestyle Tips

Menopause is not a disease, it is a natural process

Menopause, perimenopause and post menopause are stages in a woman’s life when her periods stop. This is the end of the childbearing years.

Perimenopause is the first stage of this process and can begin eight to ten years before menopause. Menopause is when a woman has no more periods for at least 12 months. This period may vary depending on hereditary factors, nature, body constitution, mental status, stress levels, working condition, countries.

It is also depending on present lifestyle, medicinal therapies undergone …,

Menopause is a normal process, it is not a disease and usually occurs in the late 40s and early 50s. Early cases happen at 35-36, and become more common these days or later cases at an age of 50-52 years is also reported in some countries.

Post menopause is the stage that follows menopause.

The drop in estrogen levels associated with menopause can cause annoying and persistent hot flashes.

It can also make women feel like they are in a constant state of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Unfortunately, these emotional changes are an integral part of menopause. Some of the emotional changes experienced by women in perimenopause or menopause may include irritability, feelings of sadness, lack of motivation, anxiety, aggression, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, mood swings, etc.

They may also experience physiological changes such as weight gain, hair loss, aches and pains, etc.

Ayurvedic insight is useful for women undergoing menopausal symptoms and help minimize the unpleasant experiences and emotions associated with them.

Perimenopause: ayurvedic view

Menopause and symptoms

In Ayurveda perimenopause period is termed as Rajonivritti kala. Raja means Menstruation, nivritti means retirement or cessation and kala means time period.

As sais above, the ovaries gradually reduce their estrogen hormone production, and one or several following symptoms can occur:

  • Irregular menstruation
  • Prolonged bleeding or scanty menstruation
  • Back ache – non specific kind
  • Headache – partial head ache or head ache of interfering agent
  • Body ache
  • Neuritis or numbness in body parts
  • Fatigue, excessive tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia (tastelessness)
  • Excess sweating
  • Inferiority or constant grief
  • Mood elevation
  • Nervousness
  • Intestinal problems
  • Acid peptic disorders
  • Excess or decreased appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Stress and strain
  • Loss of sleep, disturbed sleep
  • Hot flushes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Worse premenstrual syndrome
  • Lower sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex due to friction
  • Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
  • Urinary urgency (an urgent need to urinate more frequently)

Do you need a treatment for Perimenopause?

The most important is to be aware of this conditions when it happens because if the symptoms are mild it can be managed with lifestyle changes like  regular oil massage for stress and body ache. Then treatment is not required.

In severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding with clots, severe stress, depression, excessive sweating, …, treatment is useful.

Which lifestyle, exercises and hobbies

It is important to keep your activities to engaged your body and mind. It is very important for physical and mental health.

Pranayama, Yoga and oil massage for Perimenopause

Pranayama helps to keep mental balance and learn how to manage your emotions like . mood swings and stress. Learn about a simple Pranayama technique

Yoga for Perimenopause

Too much hot yoga will exacerbate symptoms. Practice a hatha, yin, or restorative yoga instead.

These use gentle and mindful movements to keep you grounded, connect you to your body, and relax the mind. It will work effectively on your conditions with a qualified yoga teacher.

3 Yoga Poses for Perimenopausal Women

Salamba Sarvangasana: helps relieve stress, mild depression, and menopausal symptoms.

Marichyasana: helps with emotional calming during time of intense hormonal shifts.

Marichyasana for perimenopause

Janu sirsasana: help manage perimenopausal symptoms like mild depression, hot flashes, and anxiety.

Oil massage:

After Menopause, depleted calcium and bone strength are common symptoms like osteo arthritis. This is very important to do daily oil massage with Maha Narayana tailam  or Ksheerabala taila especially if you feel headache, body ache, sleeping problems, arthritis
and joint pains.

If you do not get any time to do a long massage, here a fast and efficient massage technic

Your diet:

Food to to be preferred

  • Favour green leafy vegetables, cabbage, soya food, lady finger, beans, almonds, sesame seeds, flax seed,garlic, basil which are good supplement in calcium.
  • Beans, cereals, pumpkin seed, carrot, dates, sesame seed, chickpeas, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, roasted almonds, roasted cashews, or sunflower seeds, raisins, peaches, or prunes, spinach, bread are excellent to bring iron in your diet.

Iron is needed to make myoglobin, the protein that provides oxygen to the muscles. Helps to manage fatigue, restless leg syndrome, cognition and anemia, difficulty regulating your body temperature, headaches

  • A variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Include a teaspoon of ghee in diet for a healthy gut, it also promotes memory and concentration.

Which Foods to avoid

Avoid high amounts of fried, oily, salty foods, as well as sugar.
If you are suffering from hot flashes, avoid excess spicy foods and coffee.

Your family

Family members: husband, children and so on should take special care towards your health and your mind set up.

Family members should know that, the hormonal imbalance causes changes in the body and mind of the woman. Conversations and discussions should carry enough care toward her.

Ayurvedic treatment


So, the goal is to pacify Dosha imbalances. Between 40-50 years, both pitta and vata are aggravated. So measures should be taken to pacify both Vata and Pitta dosha.

Medicines to improve strength and immunity: Ashwagandha is used in the treatment of fatigue, stress, mood disorders etc.

Medicines to treat vaginal dryness, frequent urination and urinary tract infections: Yoni picchu for vaginal dryness : put a sterile medicated cotton swab, dipped in oil or ghee, is placed the vagina. Ask your practionner to know which oil to use. Usually you can use sesame oil, almond oil, coconut or olive oil and others depending on your constitution.

For hot flashes: Pitta dosha balancing diet

Rejuvenation – anti aging therapy:

Shatavari rasayana can be use depending on your conditions.

Your home remedies for perimenopause symptoms:

To restore mild deficiency caused during menopause

·      50 grams of cumin seeds and 50 grams of fenugreek powder

·      Fried them in 50 grams of ghee.

·      Add to it 50 grams of organic jaggery or brown sugar well powdered.

·      Make a round ball of 10gram each.

Daily 1-2 balls should be taken along with lukewarm milk.

To restore the vitality and energy and prevents fatigue and other symptoms commonly found during menopause

5 grams of ground nut, cashew nut, sesame seeds, jaggery or honey and ginger well powdered or pounded well.

Taken it with warm water, early in the morning.

It is easy to learn how to get rid of physical symptoms and how to manage physical and mental stresses caused by this transition.

I repeat but if you prevent and manage at the first stages, with efforts, healthy habits, healthy and nutritious food during menopause, the practice of yoga, meditation and pranayama, you will live normal life.

Ayurveda Medicine keys are : prevention, care, good food and healthy habits and work your mind.

Menopause, another adventure of life is opening

Julie

References:

Premature Menopause

Clinical evaluation of Ashokarishta, Ashwagandha Churna and Praval Pishti in the management of menopausal syndrome

Ayurvedic management of menopausal syndrome

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122509/

Balanced Diet And Lifestyle For Women

Women health, prevent before to cure

Balanced diet and lifestyle are the key to avoid or decrease female issues. Women cross different periods with age and are more prone to wide range of health issues due to changes in her body.

Health and lifestyle, especially during fertile period of woman will have impact on her pregnancy and progeny.  


So maintaining healthy lifestyle and diet for a woman is utmost important for now, future and her family.


The management of Vata dosha is really important because imbalances of vata dosha is the main cause for various health issues in women.

The causes of Vata imbalances

Wrong habits to avoid:

  • Excessive physical strain activities such as exercises for long hours,
  • Wrong Yoga postures,
  • High heel footwear,
  • Travelling for many hours on daily basis
  • No break from all the day
  • Aways moving
  • Delaying sleeping time with smartphone engagement
  • Skipping meals,
  • Having very little amount of foods for weight management,
  • Habitual suppression natural urges such as hunger, thirst, urination, defecation continuously

In short time many complaints will occur such as body ache, headache, bloating, nausea  menstrual pains, back pain, anxiety, heavy bleeding, constipation, etc…

Psychological factors 

Change your lifestyle, stop to run and take a break to relax your nervous system!

Stress, anxiety, fear, depression, phobia, emotional volatility and more lead to physical and mental health disorders.

All those emotions will have impact on physical health in long run mainly due to vata dosha imbalances.

Wrong food habits to avoid:

Dry fish, dry food in general, raw food, highly spicy food, cold refrigerated water and food items, sour, junk food, canned foods, uncooked, spoiled, contaminated, previous night left over food, repeatedly re cooked food, skipping meals, untimely taken food, alcohol, packed food, industrial prepared food…

All of that are our worst enemies to maintain good health…without speaking about all the food additives and preservatives you find in artificial and not fresh food

Lifestyle changes during menstruation


During menstruation

  • Avoid heavy food difficult to digest. (meat, junk foods, oily, junk food restaurants…) and prefer diet including wheat, barley, guard, green gram, mung bean…easy to digest.
  • Avoid spicy
  • Avoid excess salt consumption during this period
  • Don’t drink cold water or other refrigerated food items, it increase vata and can cause painful periods.
  • Drink warm water and take warm food along the day
  • Avoid sour, salty food this can increase the flow in those who have heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Avoid excess walking, travelling, talking, standing or other physical strain which cause imbalance in vata dosha which in its normal state helps easy menstrual flow.
  • Avoid stressed mind full of thoughts.

Ideal food during Pregnancy

Lifestyle and diet during pregancy
  • Choose food easily digestible, freshly prepared, wholesome and delicious
  • Include ghee, milk with turmeric or saffron, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, banana, pomegranate, custard apple, walnuts, almonds, avocado, fennel, cumin, coconut water, …
  • Avoid raw papaya, raw pineapple, castor oil, raw meat, caffeine, liquor, excess asafoetida, uncooked, spoilt, canned, junk food and left over food.
  • Avoid heavy thinks, travelling, climbing stairs or hill, standing on height, staying near places of loud noise, stay in peace.

During menopause


During this period, cessation of menstruation is there and cause imbalances in all three doshas.

You could feel various symptoms so it is the period where utmost care of health has to be taken to form balance in doshas.

Treatment should be done according to the presenting symptoms and dosha involved.

For vata symptoms can be mood swings, fear, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, body aches and more then should avoid intake of dry, cold food items and activities such as excess exercise, travelling and stay grounded as much as possible.

For pitta dosha dominance symptoms cen be hot flushes, anger, burning sensation, excess bleeding, … Such person should take coolant, bitter, sweet taste food ( guard, green gram, barley, sugarcane juice, coconut water etc). Avoid spicy, salt, sour food, pickles, chilies etc

In kapha symptoms like obesity, depression, indigestion, …then avoid taking excess sweet, oily food, heavy, raw food, junk food, day sleep …

General Therapies To Improve Women Health

Oil massage (Abyanga)

Oilation is really important to maintain balance
  • Daily body oil massage before warm bath balances vata dosha
  • Improves skin health
  • Moisturizes the skin, removes dryness, improve complexion
  • Lubricates joints, relaxes muscles thereby reduce body aches and joint pain

Regular exercise (Vyayama)

  • Controls body weight
  • Reduces excess body fat
  • Maintains bone and muscle health
  • Relieves stress, anxiety, fear, depression

Maintaining normal movement of vata dosha (Vatanulomana)

  • Drinking warm water maintains normal movement of vata also improves digestion processes and maintains appetite
  • Drink water soaked overnight with raisins, early morning in empty stomach.

It will brings back vata movement in normal direction. It acts as mild laxative to ease bowel movement.

Meditation and Yoga

Those play important role in all phase of women’s life.

  • Helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and stabilize emotional flows
  • Improve attitude facing life
  • Bring positive mind with regularity
  • Improves disease tolerance capacity of body.
  • Maintains physical and mental dosha in balance
  • Maintains normal digestive strength.
  • Strenghten muscles, bones and mind

Medicines for women health

Medicines mainly used for Women Health with the with the supervision of a physician and according to your life history

Shatavari Gulam: used in almost all the gynecological complaints, PCOD, menstrual pain, irregular menstrual cycles, heavy menstrual bleeding, urinary tract infections, …
Ashwagandha Churna: for anxiety, leucoderma, depression, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, immunity, muscle strength, body building, anti-oxidants, sexual stimulant.

References

  1. As per the research conducted by Department of Psychology H.N.B Garhwal Central University Garhwal Uttarakhand, India on stress among employed women and housewives and its management have concluded stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, hypnosis, guided imagery, muscle relaxation, mindfulness breathing etc. have shown improvement in positive coping skills.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5843960/

  • As per the research conducted on effect of massage therapy during pregnancy and labor, concluded that massage therapy is effective during pregnancy and labor. There was reduced depression, anxiety, decreased leg and back pain in pregnant women who underwent massage therapy and on labor pain women experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2870995/

  • Menstrual cycle and food habits:
    The evidence indicates that women eat more food per day during the 10 days after they ovulate than during the 10 days before

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7282607/

  • Menopause and exercise:
    A research study concluded that 12-weeks of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise may result in small improvements in sleep quality, insomnia and depression in midlife, sedentary women.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3858421/

5 methods to prepare your herbal medicine

The Pancha kashaya

Herbal medicine are generally prepared according to five basic methods of extraction: the fresh juice of the plant (svarasa); the crushed pulp or paste of the plant (kalka); decoction (kvatha); hot infusion (yhant); and cold infusion (hima). Juice is the strongest; cold infusion the weakest. The rest fall into a descending order of strength.

Fresh Juice (Svarasa)

Fresh juice: powerful health benefits of veggie and fruits juice

The fresh juice of an herb is obtained by taking the fresh plant, crushing or pounding it, then straining the liquid through a cloth.

A juicer may also be used for this purpose. This method is not used that often because it relies mainly on freshly picked herbs. Easily available herbs–aloe vera, ginger, lemon, lime, onions, parsley … are also used in the above process, but the effects are best for wild or home grown herbs.

For dry herbs, a weaker juice preparation is made by taking the crushed dry herb or powder, adding twice the weight of the herb in water, allowing to set for 24 hours, and then straining the liquid for a juice substitution.

Herbal Paste (Kalka)

Paste: another method for using plant or seeds

The paste of an herb is obtained by crushing the fresh plant but only to the point where it becomes a soft mass. It can be done with dried herbs, with the addition of enough water to create a workable paste.

Such pastes can be made with honey, ghee or oil, usually in double the amount of the herbs. Various raw sugars can also be used in equal amounts to the herbs. Liquid substances work better with dry herbs, dry substances with fresh herbs.

This mode of preparation is often used externally for plasters and poultices to promote the healing of wounds and sores. (Please see section on Herbs for External Usage.) It may also be used as a basis for infusions and decoctions, an herbal paste being prepared first and then cooked. All herbs can be used in this manner.

Decoction (Kvatha)

Herbal medicine decoction method, easy and so beneficial fo health

Herbs are usually administered in the form of a decoction or a hot infusion. The difference is that a decoction involves boiling the herbs over a low flame. A hot infusion involves cooking them below the boiling point, or steeping them, bringing them to a boil and then removing them from the heat.

The general rule for decoctions: one part dry herbs to six teen parts water; about half an ounce of herbs per cup or 8 ounces of water. Herbs are then boiled over a low flame until the water is reduced to one quarter of its original amount (for example, four cups would be boiled down to one); the herbs are then strained and the liquid is used as a prepared decoction. This process takes several hours or more and produces a stronger decoction than that usually used in western herbalism.

A moderate decoction, requiring less time, can be made by boiling the herbs until half the water is left. A weak decoction takes even less time to prepare since three-quarters of the water is left. The lesser strength of these preparations can be balanced by taking or giving larger dosages.

The resultant strong tea is then administered usually with otiher vehicles like honey or hot water (see section on anupanas and section on dosages).

In Ayurveda the herbs are only boiled once and then discarded. Some herbalists of other traditions boil them two or three times. This is possible, particularly when the first decoction is of weak or moderate strength.

The decoction method is most suitable for roots, stems, bark and fruit as harder portions of the plant require longer cooking to release their essence.

Hot Infusion (Phant)

For infusions the ratio of herbs to water is one to eight. For example, one ounce herbs per eight ounce cup of water. In the hot infusion, the herbs are added to boiling water and allowed to set for a period of up to twelve hours. This again is longer than the required time used in western herbalism. Usually thirty minutes of steeping is the minimum required for an infusion.

The herbs are then strained and the liquid used. Infusion is better for more delicate plant parts; leaves and flowers, or more herbaceous (non-woody) plants. It is also better for aromatic herbs, like most spices, because boiling destroys and dissipates the aromatic oil. However, many of these herbs can be cooked below the boiling point over a low flame for a long period of time. This may be necessary in formulas that combine root herbs with flowers or leaves; otherwise the more delicate herbs can beadded at a later stage of the decoction.

Cold Infusion (Hima)

Cold infusion requires letting the herbs stand in cold water. Usually more time is required for this than for a hot infusion–at least an hour.

It is also best to let the herbs stand overnight. This method is necessary for delicate and aromatic herbs, particularly those with cooling energy or refrigerant properties. Cold infusion is best for cooling therapy and reducing high Pitta conditions.

Such herbs as hibiscus, jasmine, mint and sandalwood are prepared in this manner. The infusion method is usually best for powders, as they release their properties more quickly than raw herbs. Cold infusion is better for anti-Pitta action; otherwise hot infusion is usually best.

Additionnal methods of herbals

Milk Decoctions

Organic milk decoction

Decoctions can be done with milk as well as water. The classical method was to take one part herbs, eight parts of milk and thirty-two parts water. The mixture was boiled over a low flame until all the water evaporated. For example, one ounce of herbs was used with one cup of milk and four cups of water.

However, it is also true that smaller amounts of water can be used with certain herbs cooked directly in the milk. This simpler, direct milk decoction can be done with powders.

Milk augments the tonic and nutritive effects of herbs, like ashwagandha or shatavari. It possesses demulcent properties and combines well with herbs (e.g. comfrey root or slippery elm), for soothing the mucous membranes.

With cooling effects, it helps to stop bleeding and reduces inflammation. It can also help to harmonize or work as an antidote in the presence of hot, pungent herbs. Milk may be used as a sedative and it can be combined with certain herbs like gotu kola or nutmeg to promote sleep.

Vessels to Use

According to Ayurveda, the best kind of vessel or pot to use for herbal preparations is an earthen pot. Earthenware combines naturally with herbs the same way plants are intrinsically a part of the soil.

Ayurveda is not, however, opposed to the use of certain metallic vessels, if their properties are understood.

To reduce Kapha, herbs can be prepared in a copper pot because copper has a scraping and reducing action. For Pitta conditions, a pot of brass or silver may be used; these metals are cooling. For Vata, iron may be used as it is heavy and grounding. Aluminum should never be used because it will be absorbed in the body as a poison.

Preparing the herbs over a flame, rather than electrical heat, also helps increase their potency and renders them more assimilable to our Agni; wood heat is best.

References

The Significance of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/ayurvedic-herbs#ashwagandha

https://www.nhp.gov.in/introduction-and-importance-of-medicinal-plants-and-herbs_mtl

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/ayurvedic-plants-in-brain-disorders-the-herbal-hope.php?aid=89160

http://ijaprs.com/index.php/ijapr/article/view/1686

Constipation Ayurvedic Remedies

Today I am going to talk about constipation and ayurvedic remedies. Many of my patients ask me for explanations and solutions to avoid this regular inconvenience that is encountered more in women and even more in autumn / winter.

Constipation and causes

I will explain why you have to worry about it and treat it. if  not treated on time or if neglected, it may lead to a major problem.

You can easily get rid of constipation and integrate ayurvedic remedies into your lifestyle to treat and prevent it

I’m not going to review jathar Agni, the digestive fire again, you can find it in my podcast, but today I’m going to deal a little with this intestinal transit disorder of constipation.

What is constipation?

It is in fact the main disorder of the digestive system. In summary, for Ayurveda, if our elimination is correct, we are and remain healthy.

The colon contributes in major part to an adequate elimination. Either the elimination of waste from our food but also all the other wastes produced by the body to maintain its balance.

Proper functioning of the colon is distinguished by a tongue without persistent deposit (which does not return quickly after scratching it) and through easy and regular transit.

Your poop should be molded and floated.

Conventional medicine defines constipation as infrequent evacuation: less than 3 times per week.

Ayurveda states that we should have a bowel movement 1-2 times or even 3 times a day.

The real problem is, lack of bowel movements for a long period of time sends wrong signals to liver, brain, immune system etc, leading to migraine and such other complications (as explained below)

Causes of constipation

The main cause of constipation is your diet, especially foods having dry, light, rough qualities and also heavy to digest, although it can also be triggered by fever or infectious diseases.

Excessive consumption of pungent, astringent and salt foods can also be a cause

Other secondary factors are conducive to constipation:

  • late awakening,
  • hasty departure in the morning to work before which we “forget” to have a bowel movement,
  • morning sexual activity,
  • lack of physical exercise
  • Less intake of water
  • Working in strong sunlight, long walk, heavy travelling
  • Sitting at a same place for a very long time
  • Excessive use of antiacids
  • Depression
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • And of course our famous mind. Psychological factors also produce constipation: stress, insomnia and fears in particular.
  • Some medications, like diuretics, have side effects and cause constipation.

Complications :
If constipation is neglected for long, it can cause :

  • Hemorrhoids,
  • Fissure in ano,
  • Gaseous distention of abdomen,
  • bloating,
  • hard stone like feces
  • Headache,
  • liver disorders and various metabolic as well as intestinal diseases may be originated.
  • In few of the individuals back ache, reverse peristalsis can be also found

Constipation and ayurvedic remedies

Constipation and solutions

In case of temporary constipation, spices will be of great help (ginger for example) because they normalize the functioning of the digestive fire.

Laxatives that tone the colon such as triphala and psyllium are also recommended.

Mild oleation

Internal oleation with 5 – 10 grams of ghee

External oleation – oil massage with sesame oil or Maha Narayana oil

For more serious and long constipation, it is castor oil that can be recommended but be careful its use should be done as a last resort. It can be used alongside ginger infusions to normalize digestion at different levels. Before to use castor oil, ask advice to your practionner. It is strong and for some conditions it is not adviced at all!

In cases of acute or severe constipation with very heavy tongue, fever and severe bloating, more powerful purgatives such as senna or rhubarb root are used.

There is then the probable presence of important toxins (Ama) in the digestive system and we must accompany these plants with a fast or a light diet for a few days to let our system eliminate the accumulated waste which is of course toxic over time. for us if they stay too long in our system.

Be careful, in case of pain in the lower right part of the abdomen, there may be appendicitis and these powerful purgatives are dangerous in this case.

Different type of constipation

Ayurvedic Body Type

Ayurveda recognizes different types of constipation depending on the dosha involved. This results in different states of tonicity of the colon: soft, intermediate and hard.

People who have a soft colon tend to have loose stools. In case of constipation, Isagbol (psyllium) or hot milk is usually sufficient. This condition is due to an elevated Pitta which dries up the stool due to its heat. It rarely becomes chronic.

An intermediate type colon is characteristic of Kapha. Stronger laxatives are then needed. For example, we may need to associate Triphala and Trikatu (especially if Ama is present). This condition is due to high Kapha which produces congestion of mucus which clogs the colon.

A hard colon characterizes Vata. Constipation is or becomes in this case often chronic and it is difficult to correct. Stronger laxatives, such as castor oil or sene, are needed at the start of treatment and over a short period, followed by milder, toning laxatives like Triphala over the long term. A strictly anti-Vata diet, lightest at first, should also be followed.

Follow ayurveda wisdom, treat naturally when it still time befor complication. Treat constipation with ayurvedic remedies

Chronic constipation must be treated.

Because it means that you store the wastes from food and your cells inside. It can lead to a variety of ailments, from the mildest to the most serious over time. It is necessary to correct this state. If the measures taken are not sufficient, then it is necessary to consult.

Correct elimination leads to a healthy body. The regeneration of our cells and organs operate favorably which supports all the functions of our metabolism.

The mind is also affected by this constipation.

When we are constipated, we feel that the lower abdomen is crowded, swells and occupies our mind. Our belly is not free and neither is our mind.

One does not go without the other and it is also for this, and studies have proven it, that our intestines call the second brain. A whole bunch of neurons connect them both.

I remind you and as a precaution, that castor oil and senna must be taken with a therapist or a doctor. These herbs are very powerful and their actions are not trivial in the body. Do not self-medicate with these two herbs.

In short, there is still so much to say but to conclude, listen to your body, do good by practicing simple but effective things for your health and your well-being.

These tips are very useful and you can use them right now without side effects.

Check and change your food

More vegetables

Many constipation and ayurvedic remedies can be done. In the event of chronic constipation, we will ensure that the food contains enough non-digestible vegetable fibers which will ‘scratch’ and sweep your intestinal mucosa walls and therefore clean it. (legumes, corn (bran), cauliflower, raisins, cabbage, berries, green leafy vegetables, celery, beans, guava, figs, flax seed, spinach, orange, mushroom…). And also use good fats like ghee, sesame or olive oil.

If the digestive fire is powerful, raw fruits and vegetables can be useful but beware, it’s always the same, it all depends on your constitution and the constipation you experience.

Grape and plum juices are recommended, apples and cranberries should be avoided.

Consumption of sesame oil is very good for treating constipation, consumption of olive oil is also effective. Just like ghee, which will have a therapeutic effect on our microbiota and promote the proper elimination of our waste.

More water

Drink good amounts of water throughout the day. With no constipation symptom, Ayurveda recommends to drink water only when thirsty. But in a disease condition, such as constipation, one can have good amounts of water. Water along with fiber rich diet softens bowels and prevents constipation.

Milk and dairy products: reduce your consumption

More exercices

Exercise: Do not sit at a place for a long period of time. Consider walking / jogging for at least 15 minutes in a day

Other tips

Do not hold the urge: As per Ayurveda, a natural urge is a signal to the person to act. It needs to be attended immediately. Regular holding of urge eventually will lead to constipation.

Generally speaking, it is best to get up at dawn, colon time (vata time). Take a large glass of lukewarm water which will have been charged with copper for at least 6 hours in its copper bottle.

Then, a little later, a glass of hot water or herbal tea upon awakening peristalsis, which can also be stimulated by some gentle yoga postures and a light massage of the lower abdomen.

The sitting position on the toilet is not physiological, it is advisable to have your knees raised to have a bowel movement, as by squatting on the toilet bowl for example or like the Turkish toilet which is in fact the ideal position to eliminate stool.

Then, if the evacuation has not yet occurred, one can have oatmeal hydrated in hot milk and ghee for breakfast. This constitutes a light laxative (fibers + fats). Note that cold foods, such as cold milk and cold cereals, block the evacuation.

Do not consume any drink or cold food during the winter this worsens Vata and therefore the internal and external dryness of the body.

Treat constipation with useful ayurvedic remedies

Hareetaki -Chebulic myrobalan-Terminalia chebula

Castor oil, before to use cator oil, ask your therapist, everybody cannot take it internally.

Recipies for constipation and ayurvedic remedies:

  • Soak 10-15 raisins in water in the morning and consume it at night.
  • 1 teaspoon of cow’s ghee should be dissolved in one cup (150ml) of warm water. In non- diabetic patients, 1 spoon of sugar candy can also be added (in non diabetic patients) and taken during bed time. This is highly effective against mild constipation.
  • The fruit pulp of cassia fistula, known as golden shower or purging cassia, is taken (10grams) along with water or milk. This helps to relieve even chronic kind of constipation.
  • Regular use of aloe vera pulp in diet prevents hard bowels.

Yoga asanas for constipation

Yoga asanas for constipation
  • Uttana Padasana, (Raised Legs Pose)
  • Ardha matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)
  • Pawanamuktasana (Wind Release Pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  • Vajrasana (diamond pose)
  • Bujhangasana (cobra pose)

All asanas and exercises that put pressure on abdomen are very useful in the treatment.

If you want more info about yoga, i would love to see you in my 1:1 session to learn more about you and how to get a better health

Om Namah Shivaya

Julie

References:

Ayurvedic management of chronic constipation in Hirschsprung disease – A case study

AYURVEDIC UNDERSTANDING AND (CONSTIPATION)

An Ayurvedic approach of constipation

Role of yoga therapy in improving digestive health and quality of sleep in an elderly population: A randomized controlled trial

Management of Constipation through Yogic Therapy

Coriander Benefits and Home Remedies

Coriander seeds and leaves are used for therapeutic purposes and are part of asian culinary since ages. It has many useful health benefits, and you should know it for using it as home remedies.

Coriander, one of the exellent herbs to reduce burning sensation

Some people don’t like coriander at all and this hate can be explained by genetic influence.

Coriander seeds and leaves properties

Coriander rasa or taste, as defined by Ayurveda for each food, is astringent, bitter and light to digest, it is also unctuous and oily and after digestion the taste remain sweet

It has a hot potency and balances the 3 doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Coriander is diuretic and so will increases the volume of urine

It improves strength of digestion and useful in case of fever.

Added to your meal will give a fresh perfume and useful in malabsorption syndrome and diarrhea.

Coriander seeds also a part of useful home remedies

We use also coriander in case of anorexia. It also helps to relieve bad odor (breath) and tone the cardiac muscle.

In case of excessive thirst, burning or vomiting sensation, it is very useful for you.

In Ayurveda it is also used to manage cough, cold, and asthma,  haemorrhoids or worm infestation.

Fresh coriander is used especially useful in treating Pitta aggravation.

The great advantage of coriander is you can use all part of this plant: seed and leaves.

You can use seed powder, boiling 3-6 grams and have a cold infusion of 10 ml to 30 ml per day, depends on what your doctor or therapist says.

Research

Modern researches have shown that coriander seeds are efficient to control blood sugar and cholesterol level.

Many studies have shown coriander seed’s benefits in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also a very good anti oxidant and and helps resist the accumulation of free radicals in the body. (Look at the studies below at the end of the article)

Home Remedies with coriander

Before, check if you can take those consels according to your therapist or ayurvedic doctor. It all depends on your personal history and if you already have other medical prescriptions.

Coriander to reduce cholesterol,

3 to 5 grams of coriander seed powder can be taken along with half a cup of honey water, once or two times a day. Honey water is prepared by adding a teaspoon of honey to half a cup of water.

Coriander cold drink: natural cleanser and coolant drink

Coriander cold drink natural cleanser and coolant drink

This drink is a very easy to make and useful in case of fever, burning sensation, excessive thirst and other high Pitta conditions.

It also helps to reduce abdominal colic pain due to high Pitta and acidity, excessive sweating of palm and feet. And reduces bleeding during menstruation and hot flahes.

Coriander is one of the best and easy drink to make.

This drink is a natural coolant and detoxing because it cleans the thissue channels and energize the body

1. Take one part of crushed coriander seeds. (for 10 grams)

2. Add six parts of water (60 ml)

3. Keep it covered over one night

4. Next morning, filter it, and mix with a little quantity of natural sugar (coconut sugar, sugar cane…), and  drink it in empty stomach.

But avoid honey because it has a light hot potency.

It can be taken for a period of 6 / 8 weeks.

After taking this, it is better to avoid food for at least 30 minutes.

If you wish to drink your morning tea give a gap of at least 10 minutes.

Fever

The cold infusion of coriander mixed with sugar and taken in morning alleviates even severe burning sensation immediately.

Appetizer and expectorant:

Decoction of coriander and ridged gourd or angled Luffa gourd(Luffa acutangula) and smooth gourd ( Luffa cylindrica) acts as appetizer, expectorant, carminative (relieve flatulence) of Pitta and Vata,.

It is also antipyretic (to prevent or reduce fever), digestive and purgative.

To improve the digestive fire, and suffering from fever can take water processed with 2 parts of coriander and one part of dry ginger.

Decoction of coriander and dry ginger, added with lemon juice and natural sugar is useful for fever in autumn.

For diarrhea

Decoction of Coriander, Country mallow, dry ginger, and stone apple alleviates sudden pain occurring in the abdomen and constipation. This is digestive and an appetizer.

Ghee processed with 4 time of water and coriander paste can be given in diarrhea caused by Pitta and associated with pain. It is also a good appetizer and digestive.

Water processed with coriander and Country mallow should be given to those suffering from thirst burning sensation and diarrhea.

Indigestion

Water processed with coriander and dry ginger alleviates indigestion caused by toxins (ama) and it is diuretic also.

Thirst

Coriander with honey and sugar is useful.

Diabetes

A teaspoon of coriander seeds can be soaked in a cup of water, kept over night. Next day morning, that water can be drunk, before food.

Burning sensation of eyes

Coriander (Coriander sativum) seeds are soaked in water or rose water and instilled to the eyes.

All those counsels are general, in Ayurveda everyone is different and react differently, then check if you can apply all of this recipies for your own constitution with your practionner.

You can also learn ayurveda with me to become your healer and maintqin healthy life.

References

The cholesterol lowering property of coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum): mechanism of action

Hypolipidemic effect of coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum): mechanism of action

Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Antidiabetic Proprieties of LC-MS/MS Identified Polyphenols from Coriander Seeds

Neuroprotective effects of Coriandrum sativum and its constituent, linalool: A review

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) and its bioactive constituents

Effect of walnut leaf, coriander and pomegranate on blood glucose and histopathology of pancreas of alloxan induced diabetic rats

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.): a potential source of high-value components for functional foods and nutraceuticals–a review

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum): A promising functional food toward the well-being

Vata Dosha diet and lifestyle

Vata dosha body type

Vata body type

In Vata Dosha body type person, Vata Dosha is naturally dominant and it is called the Prakruti of this person .

People whose constitution is Vata can have many health benefits if she follows the rules of Ayurveda, rules of lifestyle, diet, mental health and sexual health.

Vayu (wind) is naturally dominant in a Vata Dosha person. If you are new for the concept of dosha, then learn about your Prakruti here.

Vata dosha body parts and its behavior

Vata people have cracked palm and feet if they don’t take care. They are lean, underweight, and have a thin body.

Oiling

They are mobile and most of the time have unstable joints, that’s why oil massage and steam therapy help them a lot to improve stability of all parts of the body. Oil strenghthen the tissue and stabilizes them. And oil feet massage will reduce and cure cracked feet.

Vata person is the most speed behavior of the 3 doshas.

They have hurried gait, speech and actions and they like that. So, the best counsel I can give you is learn to slow down if you want to go far…

So if your are Vata, do the opposite, learn to practice slowness, and pranayama to calm your mind, and reduce this electricity in your body. It will help you to think slowly, and you will have many benefits to don’t rush onto everything…Especially for your nervous system.

Due to roughness, dryness and lean body, you usually have hands and legs with prominent veins due to less body fat.

What is best for you is to add oils (ghee, sesame oil) in your daily life, have a complete meal with fats, protein, rich food, and it will help to gain weight and grow the muscles.

Take minimum 1 teaspoon of ghee per meal to help digestion, and strengthen your body.

Exercising

Pranayama and Yoga for Vata, the best practices for them.

For exercise, you should not practice heavy exercises because you have already a lean body and exercising further will increase your Vata Dosha.

Your skin is naturally rough; dry and body parts will be cold to touch because dryness and coldness are two natural qualities of Vata Dosha prakriti.

Having dry skin is not a disease for Vata. The skin is just dry, cold and rough, naturally. But if they you don’t care about your skin, it will lead to extreme dryness and roughness and with the time become a disease. So oil your body every day or as much as you need such the state of your skin.

To prevent your face skin from early wrinkles and to nourish it properly, you can use Kumkumadi oil (saffron) on face to enhance beauty and to keep facial skin well moistened with good glow.

To avoid this excessive coldness and dryness oil your body and steam just after if possible. If you do not have facility for steam therapy, you can do self-massage and after 30 minutes, take hot water bath. This will be sufficient. Because Vata persons usually have cold hands and legs, it is best for them to take hot water bath

Good and simple oil for massage is sesame.

Your hair and nails

Like skin they are rough, dry and less in quantity and with low quality of hair. Oiling is the best solution to strengthen them.

Vata dosha sexual health

Generally, Vata persons have weak sexual health and stamina. To boost this, you can use sexual supplements such as shilajit, ashwagandha Lehyam, etc., based on doctor’s advice.

Vata Mind

You are quick to get irritated and hungry and you can have bad temper. Also fast to like and dislike, means that you have oscillating knowledge, thoughts and decisions.

You are also quick to understand and to forget but suffering from wandering mind.

To calm your mind, which is challenging for Vata, you can perform head massage with Brahmi oil, practice yoga for 15 minutes and pranayama 2 to 5 minutes per day for starting. Another very good and efficient technic is shirodhara. The purpose is to pour a thin drizzle of warm oil in the forehead.

If Vata is unbalanced you can be jealous.

You tend to moan, complain, grieve over small things, incoherently, without reason. For that you can use brahmi ghee: half a teaspoon in the morning, before food with half a cup of lukewarm water for 2 months, in a year, is the general advice for a healthy adult with Vata body type.

Vata dosha and your skeleton

You suffer from constant crackling sound from joints and the best to counter this dryness is to practice regular oil massage. If you do not apply to the whole body, at least apply some oil to knees, 30 minutes before bath every day.

Vata feels cold or hot sensitivity

A Vata person has an intolerance for cold things; and feel often afflicted with cold and it is leading to shiver and stiffness.

So if you want to get rid of the multiples clothing layers…Eat hot and unctuous, drink warm all day, and take care of your body with sesame oil.

You understood: avoid excess coolant foods and ice creams and include a bit of mild spices in diet. Cook fresh food is also the beast to get the most nutriments possible.

Vata and its speech

You can suffer from dryness of throat, obstructed and hoarse voice and chewing a piece of licorice is a good solution.

It is happening because you speak a lot, then to regulate your Vata temper learn and enjoy more silence in your life. Contemplate, learn to meditate, even if it is difficult for Vata people. When we want we can slow down…More you take care of your daily life style regimen more your health will be sustainable or better.

One pranayama that can help you is Bhramari pranayama.

Wealth and life expectancy

Your skin is fragile and vata people can suffer from bone pain early so to avoid ageing, it is good to take Chyawanprash, half a teaspoon in the morning, 3 to 4 months in a year

What is not helping you is that your sleep is less and disturbed. You can have many technics in your daily routine for that. Light yoga for inducing sleep and massage the sole of your feet every day before going to bed. And daily, calm your nerves with head massages.

Vata dosha digestion

Sometimes less, sometime more…

To help your intestines and sustain your digestive fire, you can take ghee and spices like cumin, black pepper, ginger, olive or sesame oil, fats and protein in diet.

Take your meal at regular hours to regulate your body and your digestion. And drink water while taking your meals to avoid to much dryness and constipation.

You should avoid frequent fasting, it is not recommended for Vata dosha. Once in a month is ok.

Seasonal precautions for Vata 

Just after summer vata starts to increase so pay attention before this season and follow the measures I give you below.

Vata diet

Unctuous and complete meal is needed for Vata

As you know diet is the 1st medicine, we have to use to sustain our health.

Ayurveda explains that a person with Vata body type should consume specific foods that balance Vata.

Because Vata people tend to suffer more from Vata related disorders (degenerative, bones, muscle and joints, nervous system disorders).

So, to avoid such health conditions, it is advised to follow the diet and food mentioned below. It will help to sustain your health and so to balance your Vata dosha.

Why this specific food? Because they have the medicinal properties that you need.

For example, wheat is sweet, coolant, oily and aphrodisiac in nature. It strengthens the body and balances Vata.

Sesame seeds or oil  is oily and hot in nature.

Cinnamon balances kapha and vata and so on…

Diet counseling

  • Slightly oily and unctuous foods
  • Sweet, salt and sour tasting food
  • Food that are neither heavy nor light to digest,
  • Eat and drink hot or warm food.
  • Sweet and sour grapes – Both balance Vata dosha.
  • Horse gram, black gram, wholesome wheat, red coloured rice, Luffa, Rooster and Fish , , ghee, organic milk, garlic, ,chicken, eggs, carrots, beets, yellow moong bean, cardamom, onion, garlic, saffron.
  • Mango, orange, raisins, berries, almond, pomegranate, dates, natural sugar prepared from sugarcane, sugar cane, coconut sugar
  • Long pepper, ginger, Tamarind Poppy seeds, sesame seed and sesame oil, flax seed

Buttermilk, or ghee, learn how to make ghee according to Ayurveda

Avoid all dryness, cold, very light food to digest, it is not suitable for you because it is increasing Vata qualities and can lead to imbalances.

Foods to avoid

  • Red beans, peanut
  • Fox nut, hummingbird, red sandalwood, peas, green gram, honey, cold water
  • Food with astringent, bitter and pungent properties

Ideal daily routine for Vata

Vata persons are usually lean, fidgety and talkative. Their tissues are not well nourished and they tend to get aches, pains, bloating, hair loss, arthritis etc. early in their lives. They get tired easily.
The way to counter these symptoms is by having nutritious food, proper rest, oil and a fat rich diet.

Improve your sleep. Good sleep is regeneration and Vata lack of sleep that increase Vata dosha in your body).

You can improve with different methods: meditation, pranayama and slight yoga before sleeping to calm down.

The best useful advices for Vata dosha

  • Attending hunger, thirst and wash room urges as and when they appear
  • Regular oil massage with sesame oil or Maha Narayana oil
  • Nasal drops – 2 drops to each nostril on an empty stomach with Anu oil
  • Oil pulling with sesame oil or irimedadi oil
  • Lukewarm water bath
  • Inclusion of good amount of oils and fats
  • Apply hair oil – Sesame oil or coconut oil or Bhringamalakadi oil.
  • Limited exercise (avoid too much exercices). Yoga is better than gym.
  • Avoid fasting, avoid untimely intake of food, avoid less intake of food (have good amount of food)
  • Lukewarm water intake all day.
  • Avoid all foods that cause bloating (aerated drinks, junk foods etc…)
  • Have foods rich in sweet, sour and salt taste (these tastes decrease Vata Dosha)
  • Avoid stress at work, concentrating on planning and scheduling your work.
  • Avoid excess talking, excess thinking.
  • Learn a simple Pranayama technique
  • Avoid excess travel, roaming or excess walking
  • Avoid excess sexual activities.
  • Apply a few drops of sesame oil or coconut oil or your hair oil to your forehead, temple region and soles at night, before sleeping.  

Knowing yourself: body, soul and mind is to choose to have the best life path possible. More you prevent, more you ageing great and avoid imbalances … and diseases.

We forget too easily that we are our first priority in life…right?

Take care

Namaste

Julie

References

Effect of dietary, social, and lifestyle determinants of accelerated aging and its common clinical presentation: A survey study

Dosha brain-types: A neural model of individual differences

Clinical study on Sandhigata Vata w.s.r. to Osteoarthritis and its management by Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu

Prakriti (Ayurvedic concept of constitution) and variations in platelet aggregation

Prakriti and its associations with metabolism, chronic diseases, and genotypes: Possibilities of new born screening and a lifetime of personalized prevention

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